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Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 Projector Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Apr 03, 2024 at 11:04 am

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 is an HDR LCD laser projector with pixel-shifting technology. It's an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector, so it's capable of projecting content at an extremely short distance from the screen or wall: it projects an 80" image at a distance of 0.9" and up to a 150" image at a distance of 9.9". It has three HDMI ports—one of which doubles as an ARC port -and each accepts a signal of up to 4k @ 60Hz. The third HDMI port, labeled 'Game,' can project 1080p @ 120Hz, which is great for gamers. It has an integrated 2.1 Yamaha sound system with two full-range 5W speakers and a 10W subwoofer. It has Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 5 support and comes with the Android TV smart interface with full Chromecast integration.

Our Verdict

7.8 Movies

The Epson LS800 is very good for watching movies. It's very bright, so it performs well in moderately-lit rooms, but it really pops in dark rooms due to its good contrast, as its whites are very bright next to the image's blacks. The projector is bright enough to take advantage of its satisfactory color gamut, so its colors are decently vibrant, although most of them are oversaturated. The LS800's color accuracy is decent overall without any calibration, and while the projector has limited calibration options, you can easily improve its accuracy by changing a few settings.

Pros
  • Very bright.
  • Has a full suite of smart features with Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0.
  • Ultra Short Throw projector that you can place very close to the wall or screen.
  • Good contrast for a pleasant viewing experience in dark rooms.
Cons
  • Doesn't have any calibration features for color accuracy purists.
  • 7.8 Movies
  1. Updated Apr 03, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Mar 29, 2024: Early access published.
  3. Updated Mar 28, 2024: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Mar 26, 2024: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Mar 19, 2024: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the Epson LS800. This projector doesn't have any variants, but it has a lower-tier model, the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300, which is very similar to the LS800 but without pixel-shifting technology, so it is limited to 1080p @ 60Hz input on its two HDMI ports.

Compared To Other Projectors

The Epson LS800 is a very good projector. It's very bright, with good contrast, and it comes with Android TV, Wi-Fi 5, and Bluetooth 5.0. It's also an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector, so you can place it close to the screen or wall. However, it's very expensive, and outside of its pixel-shifting technology and 1080p @ 120Hz capability, it's basically identical to the much cheaper and equally as good 1080p Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300. If you want pixel-shifting technology, the XGIMI HORIZON Ultra and BenQ X3000i are more affordable and better than the LS800. If you don't need smart wireless features, the Epson Home Cinema 3800 is even cheaper, with better image quality. If you need both pixel shifting and UST capabilities, then the LS800 is one of the better options on the market, as it offers better image quality than other comparable products.

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Formovie THEATER

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 is better than the Formovie THEATER, although the Formovie has more features; it supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, as well as passing through advanced audio formats through its eARC port, while the Epson is limited to ARC and HDR10. The Formovie also has the better contrast between the two. Still, the Epson is much brighter than the Formovie and is a much more accurate projector out-of-the-box. It's also capable of both 4k @ 60Hz and 1080p @ 120Hz on one of its HDMI ports, while the Formovie is limited to 4k @ 60Hz on all of its ports.

Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 and Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 are very similar projectors, with the main difference being that the LS300 is limited to 1080p @ 60Hz on its two HDMI ports. In comparison, the LS800 is a 4k pixel shift projector capable of up to 4k @ 60Hz on its three HDMI ports and 1080p @ 120Hz on its third port. This means that the LS800 also projects a sharper image overall, but the LS300 is much more accurate out-of-the-box.

Samsung The Premiere LSP7T

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 is much better than the Samsung LSP7T. They're both Ultra Short Throw projectors, but you can place the Epson closer to the screen or wall than the Samsung. The Epson is much brighter, with better contrast than the Samsung. The Epson is also much more accurate out-of-the-box, although the Samsung has more calibration options, so it looks better than the Epson after some tweaking. The Samsung also has a wider color gamut, but it's not bright enough to really make colors pop.

Hisense PX1-PRO

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 is better than the Hisense PX1-PRO. They're both Ultra Short Throw (UST) projectors, but you can place the Epson even closer to the screen or wall than you can with the Hisense. The Epson is much brighter than the Hisense, so it's more versatile when it comes to room lighting conditions. While both projectors are decent regarding out-of-the-box accuracy, the Hisense has more calibration options, so it looks much better than the Epson after calibration. The Hisense also has a wider color gamut, but it's not bright enough to really make colors pop.

Epson Home Cinema 3800

The Epson Home Cinema 3800 has better image quality than the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800, but the LS800 has more features. The LS800 comes with a full suite of smart and wireless features, while the 3800 is barebones and requires an external streaming dongle if you need smart features. The LS800 is also easier to place in a room due to its Ultra Short Throw capabilities, although the 3800 has an optical zoom, which lets you adjust the projection's size without moving the unit. The 3800 also has a slightly better contrast and is vastly more accurate than the 3800, both out-of-the-box and after calibration.

XGIMI HORIZON Ultra

The XGIMI HORIZON Ultra is better than the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800. The Epson is slightly brighter, but the XGIMI has a slightly better contrast. The XGIMI is also a somewhat more accurate projector overall. However, the Epson is an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector, so you can place it much closer to the screen or wall than the XGIMI, making the Epson the more versatile unit regarding room positioning.

BenQ X3000i

The BenQ X3000i is better than the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800. The Epson is the brighter of the two, but the BenQ has the better overall contrast. The BenQ is the vastly more accurate projector, both out-of-the-box and after calibration, and it also has a wider color gamut. The BenQ has more features for gamers, as it's capable of up to 4k @ 60Hz or 1080p @ 240Hz on its two HDMI ports, while the Epson can do 4k @ 60Hz or 1080p @ 120Hz on one port and 4k @ 60Hz on the other two. However, the Epson is easier to place in a room due to its Ultra Short Throw capabilities.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
3.5
Design
Portability
Height 6.3" (16.0 cm)
Width 27.3" (69.4 cm)
Depth 13.4" (34.0 cm)
Weight
27.0 lbs (12.3 kg)

The Epson LS800 is a massive projector, so it's not easy to move around. It also lacks an integrated battery, so you must plug it into an outlet. The projector lacks auto keystone correction, so you'll need to adjust the image manually whenever you set it up, and it also doesn't have autofocus. It has an integrated Yamaha 2.1 speaker system, so you won't need to worry about connecting it to a soundbar if you move it.

Design
Projector Technology
Imaging Technology
LCD
Light Source
Laser
Resolution
Pixel Shift 4k
Aspect Ratio
16 : 9
Minimum Throw Ratio
0.16
Maximum Throw Ratio
0.16

The Epson LS800 projector uses a laser light source, which requires no maintenance and will last up to 20,000 hours, according to the manufacturer. You likely won't ever have to worry about replacing it. The projector uses pixel-shifting technology to project a sharper image than traditional 1080p projectors, but it's not as sharp as true 4k projectors. It's also an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector, so it's capable of projecting a large image from a very short distance from the screen or wall, like an 80" image at a distance of 0.9", up to a 150" image at a distance of 9.9".

Picture Quality
8.7
Picture Quality
Brightness
White Light Output
2,499 lm
Color Light Output
2,470 lm
Brightness Uniformity
88%
Screen Brightness
234 cd/m²

The Epson LS800's peak brightness is excellent. It has very good brightness uniformity, although the corners of the projection are a bit darker than the rest of the image. The projector is bright enough to make colors pop, and overall, it's bright enough for moderately-lit rooms.

7.5
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
153 : 1

The projector has good contrast. It doesn't have inky blacks, but its whites are very bright compared to its blacks, providing a pleasant viewing experience in dark rooms.

7.0
Picture Quality
Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
3.11
Color dE
3.67
Gamma
2.26
Color Temperature
7,083 K
Picture Mode
Cinema
Color Temp Setting
9
Gamma Setting
0

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 has decent pre-calibration accuracy. Its white balance is satisfactory, although reds are underrepresented in most shades of gray, while blues are overrepresented in the brighter shades. Its color accuracy is alright, but the projector struggles with representing accurate blues and greens, and its purples are too blue. The projector's color temperature leans very cold, giving everything a blueish tint, and its gamma is too dark in most scenes.

7.9
Picture Quality
Post-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
2.45
Color dE
3.07
Gamma
2.03
Color Temperature
6,373 K
White Balance Calibration
No
Color Calibration
No
Picture Mode
Cinema

The projector has very limited calibration options. Still, after turning off all image processing features and lowering the saturation and color temperature settings, the projector's white balance and color temperature are much better than they were out of the box. As for color accuracy, it's also improved, but blues and greens are still inaccurate, although purples are now much better.

7.3
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Rec. 709 xy
93.69%
Rec. 709 uv
94.77%
Rec. 2020 xy
56.24%
Rec. 2020 uv
62.44%

The projector has a decently wide color gamut. It does an excellent job with the Rec. 709 color space, which is used with SDR content, although most of its colors are oversaturated, and cyan is undersaturated. Unfortunately, it doesn't display the wider Rec. 2020 color space very well.

Features
Features
Inputs & Connectivity
HDMI
3
ARC/eARC
Yes (ARC)
Wi-Fi Yes
USB Data Ports
2

The projector has three HDMI 2.0 ports, and each accepts a signal of up to 4k @ 60Hz. The third HDMI port can also project 1080p @ 120Hz, which is great for gamers. It has three USB ports, but one is only for power delivery. The remaining two USB ports are full data ports but are limited to USB 2.0 speeds. Otherwise, the projector has one mini-USB service port, a 3.5mm audio out port, and an optical audio out port. The projector also supports Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 5.

Features
Smart Features & Sound
Smart OS
Android
Cast Capable
Yes
Speaker(s)
Yes

The projector has Android TV built-in, with full Chromecast integration, so you can share your phone or laptop screen directly with the projector. The projector has an integrated 2.1 speaker setup from Yamaha, with two full-range 5W speakers and a 10W subwoofer.

Features
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • User documentation